Watch: Melissa Harris-Perry Delivers Powerful Tribute to Unarmed Black Men Killed By Police
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On Saturday, MSNBC's Melissa Harris-Perry delivered a powerful tribute to unarmed black men killed by police. Harris-Perry began her statement by naming numerous unarmed black men who were killed by police throughout the last ten years—ending with the police killing of Michael Brown in Ferguson, MO.
“In the past decade alone, these men and hundreds of others have lost their lives to police,” she said. "From 2006 to 2012, a white police officer killed a black person at least twice a week in this country."
Harris-Perry then drew a parallel between the situation in Ferguson and the 1857 Dred Scott case, which was initiated by Scott in nearby St. Louis, MO. When Dred Scott waged this legal battle for his freedom, Chief Justice Robert Tanney said Scott had “no rights which the white man was bound to respect.”
Watch the full tribute below: